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Using Distortion Effects Pedals, Units & Accessories
Old 6th November 2017
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Using Distortion

Vance,

Thanks for taking time to answer a few questions. I'm a fan of your work and I really like the video you did that showed you mixing Tyler Bryant and The Shakedown. I was wondering something about how you use distortion. There is a lot of distortion on elements in the song that you work on in the video. I use distortion to thicken things up in my mixes but when I've tried to use it as an effect especially on the bass, I wind up losing some of the bottom end and can't seem to keep the distortion in its place. On the video that your mixing their song, Loaded Dice and Buried Money, the guitars have a lot of distortion on them and so does the bass but you don't seem to lose the low end. What advice do you have for others when it comes to using distortion more as an effect on different elements of the mix, rather than just a little something to add girth to elements of the mix without it becoming over powering and losing it's impact? Thanks much.
Old 9th November 2017
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Distortion bass is tricky.. I ALWAYS use a clean DI signal without the Fuzz, then send the fuzz to the bass amp (B15 or Fender Bassman). I then make sure the Bass amp sound is thick and beefy before we record..
UAD Little Labs IBP is the savior for that after we record as the amp will always be a bit behind and maybe in phase.. use the time adjust and the phase flip and phase adjust to get it as big as possible. And then, and only then add eq.
And then there's the DBX 500 "Disco" Boom Box subharmonic synth.. I use it when tracking, sometimes.. and I ALWAYS use it when mixing.
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